Skills gap threat to Sheffield growth

Skills gap threat to Sheffield growth

Latest chambers survey reveals 'acute' challenges

Sheffield firms are battling to bridge the skills gap across the region, according to a new survey.

The number of firms reporting recruitment difficulties remains close to a record high, which is blocking productivity and growth according to the ongoing Sheffield City Region Quarterly Economic Survey from the chambers of commerce.

Dan Fell, CEO of Doncaster Chamber, said: “Businesses are reporting that the region’s skills challenges are feeling more and more acute. The Chambers, LEP and other region partners are already doing a lot to address the region’s skills challenges but this survey help to provide further evidence about what specific challenges businesses are facing and what measures can be put in place to relive the pressure. With well documented macroeconomic headwinds and concerns about consumer spending, this research will provide an insight into local businesses’ plans in relation to pay settlements and other mechanisms that they are putting in place to attract and retain skilled staff.”

As employers everywhere try to find the right staff to make the most of the latest technologies and processes, the survey for quarter two, funded by the LEP, aims to find out what difficulties businesses are experiencing and what new strategies they are using to recruit and retain their workforce.

The survey, sponsored by The Source, is a quick and easy way for firms to report on how business is faring, create a snapshot of how the regional economy performed over the last three months, and make a forecast for the next quarter.

It runs until June 12 at screconomy.org.uk/survey